Forty-five high schools across West Virginia recognized for their outstanding efforts to help students plan for college

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Principals and counselors receive ‘Champion of College Access and Success’ Awards

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Principals, counselors, and staff from 45 high schools across West Virginia were recognized for their schools’ efforts to inform students of higher education opportunities after graduation. The “Champion of College Access and Success” recognition awards are annually presented by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and the Council for Community and Technical Education to select schools that go above and beyond to help students and their families plan for college. 

Representatives from the Champion schools attended an award ceremony at the Embassy Suites in Charleston, West Virginia. The award ceremony took place during the West Virginia Board of Governors Summit which included representatives from West Virginia higher education institutions and community and business leaders. During the proceedings, attendees were given the opportunity to discuss challenges facing postsecondary attainment in West Virginia and brainstorm creative solutions to increasing college access and readiness.

“The Champion for College Access and Success award is a chance to recognize schools and administrators that go above and beyond to help students receive all the necessary tools and information to be successful after high school,” stated Dr. Sarah Armstrong Tucker, West Virginia’s Chancellor for Higher Education. “As the professional landscape in West Virginia, and across the nation changes, it is vital that students have some form of postsecondary education or training. The schools recognized today are exemplary in their efforts to create a college-going culture.”

For high schools to be considered a Champion of College Access and Success, they must participate in and meet certain criteria three college-planning milestone events during the school year:

  1. College Application and Exploration Week
  2. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Completion Campaign
  3. College Decision Day Initiative

Each of these milestones has specific components to help college-bound students in West Virginia prepare for and make the transition to college. The Higher Education Policy Commission, together with the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical Education, provide financial aid and college application information, training and support to high schools, as well as event-planning assistance. 

The schools receiving the Champion recognition are:

  1. Buffalo High School
  2. Chapmanville Regional High School
  3. Cross Lanes Christian School
  4. Doddridge County High School
  5. Fairmont Senior High School
  6. George Washington High School
  7. Hampshire High School
  8. Hannan Junior/Senior High School
  9. Hedgesville High School
  10. Hundred High School
  11. Hurricane High School
  12. Keyser High School
  13. Lewis County High School
  14. Liberty High School (Raleigh)
  15. Logan Senior High School
  16. Magnolia High School
  17. Mingo Central Comprehensive High School
  18. Montcalm High School
  19. Morgantown High School
  20. Nicholas County High School
  21. Paw Paw High School
  22. Philip Barbour High School
  23. PikeView High School
  24. Poca High School
  25. Point Pleasant Junior/Senior High School
  26. Preston High School
  27. Ripley High School
  28. River View High School
  29. Scott High School
  30. Shady Spring High School
  31. Sissonville High School
  32. Spring Valley High School
  33. Summers County High School
  34. Teays Valley Christian School
  35. Tug Valley High School
  36. Tyler Consolidated High School
  37. University High School
  38. Valley High School
  39. Van Junior/Senior High School
  40. Wahama Junior/Senior High School
  41. Wayne High School
  42. Webster County High School
  43. Winfield High School
  44. Wirt County High School
  45. Wyoming East High School

In 2018, Gov. Jim Justice set the goal to have 60 percent of the state’s workforce with a formal education credential beyond high school by the year 2030. That statewide campaign, known as “West Virginia’s Climb,” is a collaborative effort among the Higher Education Policy Commission and the Council for Community and Technical Education, the West Virginia Department of Education, WorkForce West Virginia, and the private sector.

For more information about Champions of College Access and Success and college planning events, visit the College for West Virginia website at

College for West Virginia, the student services face of the Higher Education Policy Commission and the Council for Community and Technical Education, is a partner in West Virginia’s Climb.

To view photos from the Champion of College Access and Success Awards Ceremony, click here.